Bureau County, IL Obituaries and Death Notices


Child of George Bacon

Taken From the Henry Republican
July 28, 1881 - Milo

Mr. and Mrs. George Bacon buried their youngest child in Mt. Bloom Wednesday last.


Donated by Pat Esterday

Mrs. Howard Fischer Passed Away Sunday

Mrs. Howard Fischer passed away at her home in Clarion Township Sunday morning, August 31, at the age of thirty-seven years, two months and twenty-six days. Doris Irene Baird was born on a farm at the north edge of the village of Van Orin on June 5, 1910. She was the eldest of three children born to Oscar and Alta Anderson Baird. One brother, Glen Eugene, passed away in infancy and one sister, Rachel Iva, in 1919, at the age of seven years, leaving Doris as the only child in the home. She, with her parents, moved to the Village of Van Orin where she attended school, later going to LaMoille Community high school from which school she graduated with the class of 1929. Doris was bereft of her mother on November 6, 1930, whose passing at the early age of thirty-seven years was another dark period in her own life. November 20, 1930, she was married to Howard Fischer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Fischer of Van Orin. After their marriage, they started farming in the immediate vicinity of Van Orin, later moving to the Erwin Stuepfert farm in Clarion Township in the spring of 1939, where they continued to live until her passing. She leaves to mourn her loss, two sons, Dale Baird, born September 10, 1931, and Glen Edward, born September 26, 1935. These boys remain to cherish the fond remembrance of a good and loving mother to whom they are indebted for the fundamental teachings of a Christian home. Also remains her loving and sorrowing husband who made her life pleasant and who did everything humanly possible to alleviate pain and bring comfort to her last hours. Her father, Oscar Baird, and stepmother, Irene, also myriads of friends and relatives survive.

She was plain and pure and full of love, just like it had filtered from above.

Her actions spoke, we need not tell, she lived her life and lived it well.

We wonder why, at thirty-seven, the angels called her up to heaven?

But, as we pause and breathe a prayer, we hear the answer back from there.

We know she’s safe in “Masters” care with joy and peace and life o’er there.

Funeral services were held at two o’clock Tuesday, September 2, at the Van Orin Gospel Church, with the Rev. Fred Meyers of Polo, Illinois, assisted by the Rev. Foster of the Gospel Church, officiating. Mrs. Millie Beatty, accompanied by Mrs. Frank Rambo, sang “Only Glory Some Day.” Burial was in the Van Orin Cemetery, close to her loved ones. Pallbearers were Russell Jontz, Eddie Watson, Clarence Fetzer, Albert Miller, Elman Pohl and Ralph Welch. The ladies caring for the many floral tributes were Mrs. Eddie Watson, Mrs. Elman Pohl and Mrs. Ralph Welch.

Taken from: The Mendota Reporter, August, 1947

Mrs. Minnie Baker (nee McDonald)

Taken From the Henry Republican
February 9, 1882

In Grafton, Neb., Feb. 1, of consumption, Minnie, 25, wife of J. W. Baker (Amidon) of Tiskilwa, and daughter of J. B. McDonald, a former resident of Henry.

(2/16/82) Died of consumption, at Grafton, Neb., on the night of Feb. 1st, Mrs. J. W. Baker of Tiskilwa, nee Minnie D. McDonald, aged about 26 years. Mrs. B. was born in Henry, in 1855, and was married at Bradford Dec. 26, 1877. … For about a year she has been an invalid, and suffered until death came to her relief. … From early youth until she was 18 she was a constant atttendant at school, and taught several terms very successfully, and at the time of her marriage was engaged to teach the winter and spring terms of school. … On the 23d of June, 1881, she started for Grafton, Neb., with the hope of improvement in the splendid climate of the west. … Two days after Mrs. B.'s arrival in Grafton, on June 27th, death claimed for his own her lovely little babe and only child, Anna Bell, aged 19 months. …. Two short weeks before, Anna's sister, Nellie Lenore, died June 10, at her father's residence in Tiskilwa, aged 19 years of consumption. Nellie was smart, active, naturally apt and gifted, and could learn as if by intuition. Refusing to think anything serious ailed her, she was only confined to the bed and house when tired and helpless nature demanded obedience to her laws. For a few months only did she linger in torture and pain, and then her spirit very quietly and peacefully took its fight to the God who gave it.

Nellie L. Baker

Taken From the Henry Republican
June 16, 1881

Died at Tiskilwa, June 11, of consumption, Nellie L. , 19, daughter of John W. Baker (Amidown)

Mrs. Erminia Ballerini

September 1975
Newspaper Unknown - Donated by Jo Anne Myers

Mrs. Erminia Ballerini, 87, of Ladd died Thursday afternoon in People's hospital where she was a patient six weeks. Services will be 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the Hurst Funeral home and 10 a.m. in St. Benedict's church, the Rev. William Kirk, OSB officiating.  Burial will be in Ladd cemetery.  Visitation will be 2-9 today in the funeral home, with a Rosary at 8 p.m.

Mrs. Ballerini was born in Rocca Corneta, Italy, Oct. 14, 1887, to Joseph and Theresa Tonelli Castelli.  She married Joseph Ballerini Dec. 5, 1907, in St. Benedict's church, Ladd. Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Frank (Jennie) Ferrari and Mrs. John (Theresa) Talioli of Ladd, Mrs. Bruno (lena) Vescogni of La Salle and Mrs. Gale (Edith) Koehler of Peru; two sons, Joseph of Brookfield and Leo of Peoria Heights; 16 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband April 27, 1947; a daughter, two sons and eight brothers and sisters.  She had lived in Ladd since August, 1907.  She was a member of St. Benedict's church and the Altar and Rosary society.

Mrs. William Barton

Taken From the Henry Republican
November 16, 1876

In Wheatland, Bureau county, Nov. 8, Mrs. William Barton, after many years of suffering.


Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois

February 2, 1987 - Monday, pg A2

Walnut: - Mary Kopriua Bartosek, 98, of 114 Yerk Street in Walnut died Sunday evening in Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton.

Funeral Prayer Services will be Wednesday at 9 p.m. in the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut followed by Mass at 9:30 a.m. in St. John's Catholic Church in Walnut, with Rev. William Harbert officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. with a Scripture Service at 8 p.m. A memorial has been established to St. John's Catholic Church and the Walnut Fire Department.

Mrs. Bartosek was born on June 24, 1888 in Czechoslovakia, the daughter of Joseph and Barbara Snupek Marek. She came to the United States in 1907 and moved to Walnut 24 years ago. She was united in marriage to Frank Kopriua in 1908 and he preceded her in death in November of 1921. She then married Henry Bartosek on July 8, 1949 and he preceded her in death on June 25, 1960. Mrs. Bartosek was a member of St. John's Catholic Church in Walnut and the Altar and Rosary Society of the Church.

Survivors include one son, Frank Kopriua of Lakeland, Fla.; three daughters, Barbara Quinn of Walnut, Mrs. George (Josephine) Scala of Plymouth, Ind., and Mrs. John (Victoria) Barry of Chicago; 14 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren and 10 great great grandchildren, and also many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, two sons, one daughter, two sisters and three brothers.

Mrs. Ann Jane Beach

Taken From the Henry Republican
March 7, 1878

Died at Princeton, Feb. 13, Ann Jane, aged 63 years, wife of Dr. J. M. Beach, and sister-in-law of Mrs. F. A. Raymond of this city.

Mrs. Hannah Bell

State News, January 15, 1880
Taken From the Henry Republican

The remains of Mrs. Hannah Bell, wife of George W. Bell, of Walnut, Bureau county, have been disinterred for the purpose of holding an autopsy. It is suspected she may have been poisoned by her husband. She died in November last.

Mrs. Margaret Benks

Taken From the Marshall County Republican
March 28, 1867

Died in Whitefield, March 16, Miss Margaret Benks, age about 83 years.

April 4, 1867

Died in Whitefield, March 16, 1867, Mrs. Margaret Benks, age about 83 years. The subject of this notice was born in Ireland and came to America at the age of 12 and first settled in Pennsylvania. In early life she connected herself with the Presbyterian church of West Alexandria, PA, of which she remained a member, until, with friends, she removed to Whitefield, Illinois, 13 years since, where she united with the Mansfield church, and remained a member until death. Mrs. Benks was called, in the providence of God, to pass through the deep waters of affliction. For 17 years before her death, she was afflicted with that painful and distressing disease, erysipelas and at times the pain arising from the disease was excruciating. She, however, bore the suffering with Christian patience, and found consulation in the thought that Jesus suffered for her and could sympathize with her. Her wonder was that God should prolong her life and her sufferings, when, as she thought, she could not be of no use to anyone. But her life of suffering was not spent in vain, she, being dead, yet speaketh to her friends in the example she hath given of patient endurance of affliction.

Mrs. Drucilla J. Bennett

Taken From the Henry Republican
June 7, 1877

In Milo, Bureau county, May 19, after a short illness, Mrs. Drucilla J. aged 47 years, wife of Mr. George W. Bennett

Lizzie Bennett

November 4, 1875

In Milo, Nov. 4, of pseudo-membranous croup, Lizzie, aged 8 years, daughter of George W. Bennett.

Alinson Benson Jr.

Taken From the Henry Republican
March 30, 1876

At Tiskilwa, March 9, Alinson Benson Jr., aged 16 years, 11 months 9 days

Eli Bently

Taken From the Henry Republican
September 2, 1880

In Milo, August 27, of paralysis, Eli Bentley, 60.

Whitefield Corners - Eli Bently departed this life on Sunday. He has been a patiently sufferer for seven or eight years until entirely paralyzed on one side almost entirely helpless. Buried on Monday. Funeral service by Rev. Hitchcock. May the living emulate his virtues.

Milo - Eli Bentley of Milo died Sunday evening. Mr. Bently was stricken down by palsy some eight years ago. Since that time he has been confined to bed. He was born in Kentucky over 60 years ago.


- Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois

May 12, 1948 - Wednesday pg 22

Alfred Berge Dies at Rock Falls Tuesday

Alfred John Berge, 49, of Prophetstown died at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday in the home of his sister, Mrs. Otto Teske of Rock Falls where he had lived the past 15 weeks. He had been in failing health for about two years. The body was removed to the Gardner Mortuary.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. CST Friday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church at Yorktown, the Rev. C. J. Gess officiating. Burial will be in the Yorktown Cemetery.

Mr. Berge was born January 9, 1899 in Yorktown Township, the son of Henry and Anna Katherine (Fenning) Berge. He was educated in the Yorktown schools and attended a mechanic's school at Kansas City, Mo. He moved to Prophetstown about 30 years ago. He was married to Thelma Newell of Sterling. He was a mechanic for the late Louis Hansen who was then a partner with Lysle Soliday in a implement shop, and later was employed by Scott's Electric Shop.

He is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Teske, Mrs. Bertha Hilger of Prophetstown and Mrs. Herman Yonk of Yorktown, and seven nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and one sister, Mrs. Lena Johnson.


The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois

January 15, 1973 - Monday, pg 2

- Contributed by Melva L. Taylor.

Mrs. Fanny E. Berge, Tampico, Succumbs

Tampico: - Mrs. Fanny E. Berge, 92 of Tampico, died Saturday evening in Community General Hospital, Sterling.

There will be visitation today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Schmitt Chapel. A memorial has been established to the Tampico United Methodist Church. Funeral rites will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Schmitt Chapel with the Rev. Raymond Good of the Tampico United Methodist Church, officiating. The burial will be in Yorktown Cemetery.

Mrs. Berge was born June 11, 1880 in Mendon, Ill., the daughter of David and Mary Jane Furry. She was educated in the Mendon schools and Western Illinois Academy in Macomb. She was united in marriage with Edward C. Berge, June 29, 1904. Mrs. Berge had resided in Tampico vicinity 70 years and was a member of the Tampico United Methodist Church.

Surviving are two daughters and two sons, Mrs. Charles E. (Bernadine) Eddington of Kirkwood, Mo., Mrs. Leon (Helen) Chevillon of Cuba, Ill., Wilson Berge of Tampico and Francis A Berge of Moline. There are six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Preceding in death were her husband in 1962, two brothers and three sisters.


Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illiinoi May 31, 1957 - Friday, pg 6


Graveside Service - Cremated remains of Frederic Berge of North Hollywood, Calif., have arrived in Tampico. Graveside services will be conducted at Yorktown Cemetery Saturday at 10 a.m. (CST). The Rev. Stockton Swaney of Tampico Methodist Church officiating.

MARY (Sandrock) BERGE

From Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois

May 26, 1955 - Thursday, pg 2

Mrs. Mary Berge, 75, Dies On Wednesday

Morrison: - Mrs. Mary Berge, 75, of Prophetstown, died at 10:15 p.m. Wednesday at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Carl J. Berge, 311 Lincolnway, Morrison, where she had lived for the past five months. She had been ill for six months.

The body was taken to the Tomlinson Funeral Home where friends may call after 7 p.m Thursday. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Yorktown Lutheran Church. The Rev. A. H. Landgrebe will officiate. Burial will be in Fairfield Cemetery at Yorktown.

Mary Sandrock was born in Germany, Oct. 21, 1879, the daughter of Barnhart and Anna Lickerd Sandrock. She came to the United States with her parents when she was three years old. She attended school in Yorktown and lived on farms in the Yorktown and Prophetstown areas before moving to Prophetstown to reside.

She was married Feb. 1, 1899, in Yorktown, to August Berge, who died in 1940. Mrs. Berge was a member of the Yorktown Lutheran Chruch.

Surviving are one son, Carl J. of Morrison; one grandson, William of Morrison; one brother, Casper E. Sandrock of Morrison and one sister, Mrs. Harry Lineweaver of Prophetstown. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and one son in infancy, four brothers and three sisters.


The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois

June 30, 1930 - Monday, pg 3

Contributed by Melva L. Taylor.

Mrs. A. J. Berge Dies Saturday - Prophetstown Young Woman Taken By Death

Mrs. Alfred J. Berge, of Prophetstown, aged 25, passed away Saturday afternoon at 5:45 o'clock at the Palmer Sanitarium in Springfield. She had been ill since January, 1929, when she suffered an attack of influenza and pneumonia. She was taken to Springfield in March, 1929. The funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at the George Hilger home in Prophetstown and at 2:30 o'clock at the Yorktown Lutheran Church. Rev. W. E. Krebs of Rock Falls will officiate. Burial will be in the Yorktown Cemetery. Mrs. Berge was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Newell of this city.

Thelma Delila Newell was born in Sterling, December 25, 1905, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Newell of West Third Street. She was educated in the Sterling schools. On December 3, 1926, she was united in marriage to Alfred J. Berge of Prophetstown. The ceremony took place in Rock Falls. Mr. and Mrs. Berge made their home in Prophetstown.

Mrs. Berge was a member of the Fourth Street Methodist Church of Sterling. Besides her husband she is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Newell, six sisters and four brothers. They are: Mrs. Jess Houseman and Mrs. Fred Houseman of Morrison, Miss Leona Newell, Mrs. Edwin Dunmore and Mrs. Charles Eberling of Chicago, Mrs. Fred Johnson, Glen and Charles Newell of Waukegan, Lester, and Claude Newell of Sterling. One sister, Mrs. Dorothy Grinell of Chicago, preceded her in death.

George Bidwell

Taken From the Henry Republican
June 26, 1879

Whitefield Corners

Another home is saddened, another fireside companion born to that realm from whence to traveler returns. Mr. George Bidwell was carried to his final resting place ast Sabbath a week buried at Sugar Grove cemetery. He was an earnest friend of youth and education and many have been the times we have enjoyed unearthing the gems of bible and literature with him. He has moved among us for years and his well stored mind and unusually good memory made it a feast to converse with him until disease and age began to weaken him as it does all in time.

Mrs. Hanna L. Bidwell (nee Taber)

July 8, 1915
Taken from the Henry Republican

In Memoriam

Hannah L. Taber, daughter of Captain and Mrs. James Taber, was born in New Bedford, Mss., March 27, 1846.  In 1852 her father though a seafaring man and unaccustomed in inland scenes and work emigrated to Illinois and settled on a farm one mile south and one mile west of Milo Boyd Grove school house. There the family lived until 1877.  In the meantime the aged husband and father and the only son and brother had died.

With the widowed aged mother, the subject of our sketch moved to Henry in the spring of that year.  As a school girl, a young lady, in more mature years, and lastly as a wife, no better, grander, purer character have we ever known. On Sept. 29, 1895, she was united in marriage with Chester Bidwell, to whom she has been all and in all that a dutiful loving helpful wife could be.  To the neighborhood her life has been beneficent, to the church of which she was a member her example a fragrant memory, to us all a model which we can safely emulate.  She for long years had been a member of the New Church whose work and teachings she greatly enjoyed and it was there the final services were held on Tuesday afternoon, July 6, conducted by Rev. Rea W. Martin of the Presbyterian church by request.  The casket bearers were her nephews H. S. Allen, E. T. Allen, Leonard Hunter, Lucius Huntington and two cousins, Charles and William Austin.

Joshua Bishop

The Hennepin Herald and Bureau Advertisement
March 20, 1847

At Princeton on Monday, the 15th inst., John, son of Joshua Bishop, aged 6 years.

Zena Bliss

Taken From the Henry Republican
December 18, 1879

From Neighboring Exchanges

Zenas Bliss of Providence, Bureau county, shot himself with a pistol last week, and but little hopes are entertained of his recovery.

Lucy Bobbio - nee Braida

Newspaper: News Tribune

Date: 15 Feb 2007

Submitters Name: Denise Parsons

Obit: NewsTribune (La Salle, IL) - February 15, 2007

Deceased Name: Lucy Bobbio
Lucy Bobbio, 100, of Spring Valley Nursing Center and formerly of 726 W. St. Paul St., Spring Valley, died at 2:20 p.m. Feb. 14, 2007, in Spring Valley Nursing Center.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Barto Funeral Home, Spring Valley, with a Mass at 11 a.m. in St. Anthony Catholic Church, Spring Valley. The Rev. Robert Spilman will officiate.
Burial will be at Valley Memorial Park, Spring Valley.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of services Monday in the funeral home.

Mrs. Bobbio was born Nov. 17, 1906, in Spring Valley to Peter and Ann (Maheau) Braida. She married John Bobbio on Nov. 29, 1928, in St. Anthony Catholic Church, Spring Valley.
She worked as a clerk at Spring Valley A & P grocery store until retiring.
She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Spring Valley and the Mother Cabrini Sodality of the church, St. Margaret Hospital sewing circle and the VFW Auxiliary. She was a 50-year member of St. Margaret Hospital Auxiliary and was a volunteer for many years for the bloodmobile.

Survivors include one son, Leonard (Laura) Bobbio of Encinitas, Calif.; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Jennie Schneider of Florida.
She was preceded in death by her husband on March 24, 1978; two brothers; and four sisters.

Gregory R. Bowman

Contributed by Pat Esterday

Princeton – Gregory R. Bowman, 53, of Princeton, died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007, in Stockton. He was a solo practitioner for 14 years at the Boman Law Firm, Princeton. Mr. Bowman was born July 27, 1954, in Dixon, the son of Wilbur and Evelyn (Wales) Bowman. Greg Bowman was born and raised on the family farm in rural Polo. He graduated from Polo schools in 1972 and proceeded on to college. In 1979, he met his future wife, Joann Makransky, at Western Illinois University, Macomb. They married in 1980, and started their beautiful family shortly after. At that time, Greg and Mike took over operating the family farm in Polo. In 1987, Greg was recruited into law school by the firm that handled the farm financial matters, so later that year the family pulled up roots and moved to Fayetteville, Ark., where his new career would begin. After five years in Arkansas, the family returned to Illinois and settled in Joann’s hometown of Princeton, where he began his private law practice. Greg was elected for a term as president of the Illinois State Bar Association. He was licensed to practice in five states and federal court and has ongoing farm law cases all over the area. In Princeton, the family became involved in the Civil War re-enactments where Greg served as president for four years. At that time the family started tracing the families’ genealogy. Greg became involved with the Patriot Guard Riders which ultimately became a driving force in his life. In under a year, he was named as a ride captain and shortly after promoted to senior ride captain for Northern Illinois. This was a passion that he shared with his family, his brothers and his parents, as they all would attend missions together on many occasions in several states. Greg also was involved in coaching girls softball and many family activities. He loved his family, the outdoors, his motorcycle and anything to do with the Teton Mountains. He will be missed by many. Greg was the AgLaw liaison for the Illinois State Bar Association since 1995 and served as chairman from 1999-2000. He was the senior ride captain for the Northern Illinois Patriot Guard Riders since March of 2006 (BSS). He also was an active member of the Shadows of the Blue and Gray Civil War Committee since 1996, serving as chairman from 2001-2006, and was a summer softball coach. Greg is survived by his wife, Joann of Princeton; his daywife, Belinda Klien of Cherry; his children, Stacy (Darrin) Hill of Lacon, Lauren and Megan of Princeton, Dylan (Danielle) of Baileyville and Joseph, Michael, Frances and Jackson of the Home; his parents, Wilbur and Evelyn of Polo; his grandmother, H. Lucile Wales of Polo; his siblings, Jeff (Annette) of Greenwood, Ind., Rod (Cathy) of Lexington, Ky., Mike (Kim) of Forreston, Stephanie (Fred) Schmidt of Madisonville, Texas, and Paul (Julie Ann) Coggins, of Mauston, Wis.; and numerous aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Mary Alice Makransky; and his nephew, Timothy N. Bowman. Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, 2007, at St Louis Church, Princeton, with Father Ed Harkrader officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, 2007, at Norberg Memorial Home, Princeton. Private burial will be at a later date. A memorial fund for Greg’s children has been established at Citizen’s First National Bank, Princeton. Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Thursday, September 13, 2007, Page A2 – Col. 1 - 2


Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois

December 8, 1975 - Monday, pg 6

Walnut: - Mrs. John (Cora) Braasch of Walnut died Sunday at Perry Memorial Hospital after being admitted Saturday afternoon. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Ross Funeral Home, Walnut. Interment will be in the Walnut Cemetery. VIsitation will be at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Mrs. Braasch was born near Walnut on Sept. 9, 1895. She married John Braasch on April 22, 1915. Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. V. Francis (Gertrude) Johnson of Tampico, Mrs. Arthur (Carol) French of Kirkland, Mrs. Sherman (Shirley) Pebe of Arizona and Lois at home; one brother, Arthur Holz of Syracuse, NY; 17 grandchildren; 34 great grandchildren. She was preceded by her parents; her husband John; one son Herbert; one grandchild; four great grandchildren; two sisters and one brother. Mrs. Braasch made her home with her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Herbert Braasch for the last seven years.


Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 27, 1997 - Thursday, pg A2

Tampico: - Clarence F. Brandau, 81, of Rural Route 1, Tampico, died Tuesday, March 25, 1997, at CGH Medical Center, Sterling.

Funeral srevices will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Yorktown, with the Rev. Jeffrey Clements, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Yorktown Cemetery, Yorktown. Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. Saturday at the church. Arrangements were completed by Garland Funeral Home, Tampico. A memorial has been established for St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Yorktown, or the Tampico Rescue Unit.

Mr. Brandau was born May 19, 1915, in Tampico, the son of Henry and Emma (Berge) Brandau. He married Eleanore Carlsen on Dec. 15, 1943, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Yorktown. He was a graduate of Tampico High School. He farmed in the Tampico area prior to retiring in 1982. He was a lifetime member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, the Lutheran Brotherhood, former trustee of the church, and former drainage commissionr.

Survivors include his wife, Eleanore of Tampico; one daughter, Kathy (Ronald) Kelly of Tampico; three grandchildren, Steve (Nora) Kelly, Karla Kelly and Mark Kelly; one great-grandson; and one brother, Leo (Ruth) Brandau of Sterling.

He was preceded in death by his parents.


Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois

March 14, 1977 - Monday, pg 4 col 3

Funerl services were conducted by the Allen-Schmitt Garland Funeral Chapel in Tampico for Mrs. Emma M. Brandau, on Friday at 2 p.m. at the St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Yorktown, with the Rev. Dr. Joel O. Rustad, pastor, officiating. Burial was in Yorktown Cemetery.

Wilma Koenig played the organ for the service, while Mrs. Elaine Hilger sang.

Pallbearers were: Richard Brandau, Robert Brandau, Robert Brophy, Donald Brophy, Larry Sandrock, and Loren Sandrock.

Church ushers were: Gerry Frank and Kenneth Frank, Caring for flowrs wre: Mrs. Bea Hanson and Mrs. Margaret Kelly and Hillcrest Florists.


The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois

June 14, 1933 - Wednesday, pg 5

Funeral Rites Held On Monday - George Brinkman Buried in Yorktown Cemetery

Prophetstown: - The funeral of George Brinkman was held Monday afternoon in the Yorktown Lutheran Church, followed by burial in the Yorktown Cemetery. During the service conducted by Rev. Theodore Dierks of Morrison, Mrs. Benters of Morrison sang, "Jesus Lover of My Soul" and "Nearer My God To Thee." Mrs. Rena Dierks was at the organ.

The pallbearers were Alfred McCaslin and Leslie Black of Prophetstown, Irvin Adkins, Ambrose Kroenlein, Henry Stanley and Paul Graden of Nokomis. There were many beautiful floral tributes.

Those from a distance attending the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bunkman, Mrs. Peter Yenkanskis, Margaret and Vernon Brinkman, Irvin Adkin, Henry Stanley, Ambrose Kroenlein, Paul Graden of Nokomis, Mr. and Mrs. Philip Herbold and family of Ohlman, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Husman, Alexander White, Miss Florence White and Mrs. Conrad Johnson of Chicago and Mr. and Mrs. John Needham of Sterling.

George William Brinkman was born August 5, 1905 near Ohlman and passed away June 2, 1933 at the age of 27 years, six months and 25 days. He was united in marriage to Miss Arvilla Buckwald in 1927. Those left to mourn his passing are his wife and one son, Eugene, five years old; his parents Mr. and Mrs. Frank Brinkman of Nokomis, three brothers, Richard, Herman and Raymond Brinkman and two sisters, Mrs. Peter Yankouskis aned Margaret Brinkman of Nokomis and many other relatives and friends.

(Yenkanskis and Yankouskis spelled both ways in obituary)   -Contributed by Melva L. Taylor


The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois

December 27, 1943 - Monday, pg 9

Bert L. Brown, 66, identified with the development of Manlius and its first mayor, passed away at the residence at 9:30 p.m. Friday. Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. at the English Lutheran Church, with the Rev. John Zeltin, pastor, officiating. Committal was in the Manlius Cemetery.

Mr. Brown was born at Prophetstown, June 18, 1877, the son of Hiram and Amelia Brown. He served as postmaster at Manlius, was the first mayor when the town was incorporated in 1905 and while a carpenter and contractor built several of the business houses in the town. In 1915 he opened a furniture store and undertaking establishment which he operated until 1925 when he went to El Paso and entered the same business. He was instrumental in platting the Manlius cemetery and was a charter member of the Masonic lodge, the Order of the Eastern Star, Modern Woodmen and Fidelity lodge.

He married Gertrude Seibel, Nov. 25, 1915, who survives. Others surviving are a son, Aviation Cadet Ward Brown, Fort Worth, Texas; a daughter, Mrs. Beverly Curby, Bloomington; a granddaughter Sharon Curby; his mother, Mrs. Amelia Brown of Walnut; and two sisters, Mrs. Grace May and Mrs. Verda Sargeant, both of Walnut.

Mr. Brown suffered a stroke Feb. 2, 1941, and he and his wife returned from El Paso to Manlius in 1942 when he disposed of his business there.

John Whitebread Brown

Taken From the Henry Republican
March 16, 1882

Died in Milo, Bureau county, March 4, John Whitebread Brown, 80 years, 10 monts, 3 days, father of Stephen C. Brown of this city (Henry).

Mr. Stephen C. Brown buried his father in Milo on March 5, who passed away at the venerable age of almost 81. He was a native of Lancashire, Eng., but had lived in this country about 50 years. He moved into Milo in 1840, and was one of its best and most substantial farmers. Five children survive him. He was naturally a robust man, coming of long lived stock, his grandfather living to be 108, and then was killed by an accident. The funeral was conducted from the house by Rev. M. Chamberlain, the Episcopal rector of Tiskilwa.

Mrs. John Brown

Taken From the Henry Republican
September 22, 1881 - Milo

Mrs. John Brown of Milo, parted this life September 14. Funeral the 15th, conducted by Rev. Bardon of Bradford. Mrs. Brown was born in Akrington, Lancanshire, England, June 20, 1807, being upward of 74 years when she died. Mr. and Mrs. Brown were married at Frankport, Pa., December 17, 1836 and moved to this state in 1841. Mrs. Brown has been a member of the Baptist church for almost half a century.


Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois February 28, 1967 - Tuesday, pg 2

Rites Conducted For Sanford L. Brown

Hooppole: - Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon in the Wilson Funeral Home in Annawan for Sanford L. Brown, 83, of Hooppole. The Rev. Earl Thompson, pastor of the Annaway Community Methodist Church, officiated. Burial was in the Yorktown Cemetery.

Sanford L. Brown was born July 7, 1883 in Yorktown Township and lived in the Hooppole area. He had been a patient in the Kewanee Public Hospital the past several weeks, where he died Feb. 22.

He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Jim Nelson and a son, Gilbert, both of Rt. 2, Prophetstown; three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter.


March 4, 1875

Neighborhood News - Mineral

The night express of the C. R. I. N. P. R. R. jumped the track two miles west of Sheffield, killing a man by the name of Browning, lightly injuring 15 or 16 more. The night of the 23rd, two freight trains collided killing a man employed on the train, name unknown.

Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois
November 15, 1982 - Monday, page A4

Tampico: - Mrs. Elma M. Bruder, 67, Grove Street, Tampico, died Saturday afternoon at Community General Hospital after a long illness.

Funeral services for Mrs. Bruder will be Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. in St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Yorktown, with the Rev. Robert J. LeMont, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Yorktown Cemetery, Yorktown. Friends may call at the Allen-Schmitt-Garland Funeral Home in Tampico on Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., with the family present from 7 to 9 p.m. A memorial has been established in her memory.

Born on July 25, 1915, near Annawan, the daughter of Henry and Ella DeSplinter Cryer, she was united in marriage to Vernon Bruder on June 26, 1935, in Galesburg. He preceded her in death. She worked as the Assistant Cook at Tampico High School for the past 18 years. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Yorktown.

She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Arthur (Donna) Radake, Mrs. George (Nancy) Tornow, and Mrs. Larry (Sharon) Cady, all of Tampico; one son, Dennis Vernon, Tampico; her mother, Mrs. Ella Cryer, Hooppole; one sister, Mrs. Harold (Pearl) Heitzler, Prophetstown.

Preceding her in death were her husband and her father.

Nov 17: Mrs. Elma M. Bruder, 67, Grove Street, Tampico, died Saturday afternoon at Community General Hospital, following a long illness. The death notice printed in Monday's edition inadvertently omitted one brother, Donald Cryer, Hooppole and 13 grandchildren from the list of survivors. The Gazette regrets any inconveniences caused by this omission.


Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

Daily Gazette May 29, 1957 - Wednesday, pg 6


Manlius: - Mrs. Henry Bruhn, 61, died at 7i p.m. Tuesday in Perry Memorial Hospital at Princeton where she had been a patient about one week.

The body was removed to the Howard Johnson Funeral Home in Manlius where friends may call Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 2:30 p.m. (CST) at the Trinity Lutheran Church, the Rev. Robert Engen, pastor, officiating.

Clella Marie Bruhn was born on March 29, 1896 at New Bedford, the daughter of William Pearl and Cora Hunt Webb. She was married to Henry Bruhn on Dec. 28, 1916. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church.

Survivors are her husband, two daughters, Mrs. L. J. (Doris Lee) Folsom Jr., Rock Falls and Mrs. Richard (Beverly Jean) Mitchell, Sterling; two grandchildren and one brother, Stanley Webb, Sharon, Wis. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister.


from Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois

February 25, 1984 - Saturday, pg 4


Mrs. Ida M. Bruder, 97, 213 Freemont St., Tampico, died Friday afternoon in Community General Hospital after a short illness.

Funeral services will be conducted on Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the Garland Funeral Home, Tampico, with the Rev. David Beebe, pastor of the First Christian Church, Rock Falls, officiating. Burial will be in Yorktown Cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Garland Funeral Home, Tampico. A memorial has been established in her memory.

Ida Bruder was born on Nov. 22, 1886 in Walnut, the daughter of Carl and Johanah Ott Holtz. She was united in marriage to Adolph Bruder on Dec. 19, 1906 and he preceded her in death on Dec. 22, 1955. She was educated in the Walnut schools and she and her husband farmed near Tampico for 20 years before moving to Tampico in 1938. She was a member of the Tampico Home Bureau for the past 16 years and a member of the Missionary of Need and the Tampico Church of Christ.

Surviving are two sons, Lawrence Bruder, Rock Falls, and Raymond Bruder, Tampico; four daughters, Mrs. John (Dorothy) Buyers, Rock Falls, Mrs. Charles (Eula) Chriest, Bernadine Bruder, and Mrs. Henrietta Taets, all of Tampico; 27 grandchildren; 54 great grandchildren; and four great great grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, one son Vernon Bruder, one son and one daughter in infancy, one sister and one brother.


From Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois

March 29, 1975 - Saturday, pg 4

Tampico: - Vernon Adolph Bruder, 62, Tampico, died Friday night at Community General Hospital after a short illness.

He was born in Whiteside County on April 17, 1912, son of Adolph and Ida (Holtz) Bruder. He received his education in Yorktown schools and was married to Elma Cryer on June 26, 1935 in Galesburg, Ill. He lived in the Tampico vicinity all his life and was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Yorktown.

He is survived by his mother; his wife; three daughters, Mrs. Arthur (Donna) Radacke of Tampico, Mrs. George (Nancy) Tornow of Tampico and Mrs. Larry (Sharon) Cady of Tampico; one son, Dennis of Tampico; 12 grandchildren; two brothers, Lawrence Bruder of Rock Falls, and Raymond Bruder of Tampico; four sistrs, Mrs. Henrietta Taets of Tampico, Mrs. John (Dorothy) Buyeers of Rock Falls and Mrs. Charles (Eula) Chriest and Miss Bernadine Bruder both of Tampico.

He was preceded in death by his father, one sister, and one brother.

Services will be held Monday at 1:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church with the pastor, Joel Rustad, officiating. Burial will be in the Yorktown Cemetery.

Friends may call at Schmidt Chapel from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday. The family will be present from 7-9 p.m.


The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois

October 31, 1935 - Thursday, pg 6


Bertha Gall was the fourth child born to Ernest Frank and Frederika Gall on April 28, 1865 at Kieso-Pommerin, Germany. In her infancy, pious parents brought her to be baptized into the name of the Triune God. Enjoying a normal childhood and good Christian training she renewed her baptismal April 20, 1879.

Later during which she had gained experience by working in rural homes, she embarked for America in 1883. With her relatives she came directly to Wyanet at which place she was united in holy matrimony by Pastor G. Fritshel on December 4, 1887, to August Buchwald. After nine years of labor they moved to Thomas and in 1903 to their present home in Prophetstown. The deceased was a faithful attendant at the Lutheran church and for 14 years was chairman of the Ladies Aid Society.

Last winter she was taken seriously ill and for days and weeks hovered between life and death. By the help of God she recovered sufficiently to begin again with her accustomed work. Every day seemed to bring improvement in her condition until her sudden death October 23 of heart failure. She had reached the age of 70 years, five months and 25 days. Thus ended a life rich in experience begun and ended to the glory of God. Her death is a distinct loss to the family circle, to the church and her friends.

Mrs. Buchwald leaves to mourn her deeply grieved husband and children: William, Prophetstown; Mrs. Emma McBride, Rock Falls; Minnie, at home; John, Pasadena, Calif; Edward, Prophetstown; Carl, Rock Falls; Mrs. Freida Hollquist, Prophetstown; Herman Buchwald, Prophetstown and Mrs. Arvilla Wheelock, Tampico. She also leaves eight grandchildren. Three children preceded her in death: Fred in 1892; Lena in 1897 and August in 1919. She was the last of her family, two brothers and two sisters having gone before.

Funeral srvices were held Sunday, October 27 from the late home in Prophetstown and the Yorktown Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Wilhelm Streng officiating. Interment was made in the Yorktown Cemetery. Pallbearers were six nephews: Arthur Frank, Sterling; Carl Frank, Chicago; Will Frank, Fred Frank and William Strike, Tampico, and Ben Kerber, Prophetstown.

There were many beautiful flowers paying silent tribute to the memory of the deceased and many attended from out of town.

--Contributed by Melva L. Taylor


Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 1, 1977 -

Monday, pg 4

Mary Louise Bryan, 51, of Lincoln Hotel Apt., Sterling, died Saturday at her home Funeral services will be held Wednesday at the Sellers Funeral Home in Chambersburg, Pa. Burial will be in the Norland Cemetery in Franklin County, Pa. Visitation will be held today from 1-3 p,.m at the Behrens-Blair Funeral Home. She was born Nov. 25, 1925 in Pa., the daughter of Arthur and Nora Rhodes Brigss. She was an employee of Kentucky Fried Chicken. Survivors include her mother, two sons, Jim and Alby of Pa.; one daughter, Mrs. James (Shirley) Garner of Pa.; six brothers, Charles Briggs of Rock Falls, Kenneth Briggs of Aurora, James and Paul Briggs of Pa., Roy Briggs of Ohio and Jack Briggs of Ga.; and a sister, Mildred Keefer of Pa. She was preceded in death by her father, and husband, Jenner Bryan.

Mrs. Bryant

American Freeman (Prairieville, Wisconsin)
July 28, 1847

The mother of William Cullen Bryant, the poet, died recently at Princeton, Illinois. She was a native of Plymouth County, Massachusetts.

Mrs. Annabelle Presnell (nee Burdsall)

Apr 14, 1972 Sterling Gazette - Donated by Margaret Mangers

Services Set for Annabelle Presnell

Manlius – Annabelle Presnell, 45, Manlius, died Thursday at her home.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Howard Johnson Funeral Home with the Rev. Ralph Faber officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery at Prophetstown. Friends may visit the funeral home fro 7-9 p.m. Saturday.  Mrs. Presnell was born March 14, 1927, at Prophetstown , the daughter of Elwood and Tillie Frankenfield Burdsall. She married Clifford Presnell April 13, 1946, in San Antonio, TX. Survivors include her husband, one son, David, Sterling; one daughter, Mrs. Roy (Carolyn) Wagstaff, Patoka, and three grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

Children of Samuel Burnside

Taken From the Henry Republican
May 20, 1880 - Milo

Died, May 9th and 10th, two of Samuel Burnside's children, of diphtheria. Mr. Burnsides is very sick with the same disease.

Mrs. Rachel C. Byers

Taken From the Marshall County Republican
February 28, 1867

Died in Whitefield, on Wednesday morning, February 13th of consumption, Mrs. Rachel C. Byers, in the 37th year of her age. The subject of this notice was born in Ohio county, West Virginia. Was baptised in infancy by Dr. James Hervey and united in early life with the Wheeling church under his pastorial care. Of which church, she continued a member  till she with the rest of the family removed to Whitefield, Illinois. She there connected herself with the Mansfield church and remained a member until death. Her last end was peace. She expressed herself as willing to die, but was somewhat concerned for the temperal welfare of the children committed to her care. Her last words to her children were “Be good and meet me in heaven.”

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